Confirmed: Konate deal agreed

It’s taken a while, but we’re finally there.

As reported earlier this week, Liverpool have now formally agreed a deal to sign Ibrahima Konate on a long-term contract from RB Leipzig, pending international clearance and a work permit.

“I’m really happy to be joining such a massive club like Liverpool,” said the 22-year-old defender.

“It’s a really exciting moment for me and my family and I am really looking forward to meeting my new teammates, the staff and getting started on this new chapter.

“Right now, my focus is on the U21 European Championships with France, but after this competition I know I will be joining one of the best teams in the world and that gives me a great feeling.

“I have worked very hard for many years to get to this point, but I would like to say a big thank you to everyone at RB Leipzig and all the people I worked with there – the coaches, my teammates, the staff and especially the fans.

“Your support helped me grow up during my time there and become not only a better player but a better man and I will always be grateful for it.”